Get Cash Back on Stuff You Buy From Qoo10

In a recent study, e-commerce in Singapore is still booming and is predicted to expand by 11.2% annually for the next 5 years. Online shopping not only offers convenience, but it can save you both time and money. You can quickly find just about anything (even niche products), compare prices across many shops, and have your purchase delivered directly to your home in a timely manner.  The overhead of e-commerce companies is much lower compared to brick-and-mortar shops, which means you can often find the same item to be cheaper online than at a mall. And now, two of the largest e-commerce site in Singapore – Qoo10 and Shopback – have partnered up so that you can save even more money on online purchases. 

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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow – Where to Get Free Waxing

“Full of thick hair” is usually a compliment meant only for the top of your head or maybe for a specific facial feature. It is usually not a compliment when it is said about other parts of the body. Especially in our hot climate, it can be uncomfortable if you’re hirsute. When it comes to hair removal, some people feel more comfortable doing the deed themselves. Others want a more professional touch at a salon. Some salons can charge upwards of $200 depending on where and how much hair you want removed. Here’s where you can get the salon hair removal experience for free.

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The Cheapest Online Grocery Store – A Comparison Across 7 in Singapore

[This abridged article was contributed by bankbazaar] Do you always find yourself struggling with heavy and bulk bags of groceries after shopping at the supermarket? Have an allergy to crowds or long queues? Well, that’s why online grocery stores are all the rage now. With a few clicks, you can stock up on your necessities and have it delivered as soon as two hours later. Besides convenience, shopping online also means less impulse buying. Try walking down aisles of products with tempting packaging and sale labels without getting something you didn’t need. (more…)

7 Tips To Beat Jet Lag

The next day after an 18-hour trans-pacific flight from the States, I was due to make a presentation for the final rounds of a Data Visualisation “hackathon” competition. The (local) time of the presentation was 1pm, while the corresponding time in the States (where I was the previous day) was midnight. As you know, long-haul flights can often leave a person feeling exhausted, irritable, and “brain foggy”, which are all common symptoms of jet lag. But on the day of my presentation, I felt very refreshed, well-rested, and energetic. Here’s how I was able to recover so quickly:

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Cheaper and Worthwhile Things to Buy in JB, and How to Get There

We all know there are many things that are cheaper across the causeway in JB (Johor Bahru), but to get there requires at least 1 hour (and sometimes, 3 hours) of travel through the immigration checkpoint. Considering the time and effort involved, I’m always on the lookout for faster, cheaper, and more convenient ways to make the journey. And because I can’t have a carload of goods to bring back home with me (mainly because I don’t have a car), I have to be selective on what I buy that would justify the trip there. Here’s what I do.

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Want a Free Professional Brow & Lash Makeover?

You might think your most important facial feature is your eyes or your smile, but science tells us that it’s actually your eyebrows. Yes, those patches of hair above your eyes are more than just nature’s protective sweatband and rain/dusts filters. They convey emotions and non-verbal cues, such as anger, fear, surprise, and cheer. Having well-groomed brows that are appropriate for your face can also make you appear more youthful, energised, friendly, and even more trustworthy. They can make your face appear more round or more slim.

Eyebrows have the ability to dramatically alter a person’s look and expressions. There are many grooming services out there to help you achieve your ideal brows. These services include brow shaping, threading, and embroidery. So how do you keep your brows perfectly manicured without breaking the bank? There’s one secret place where you can go and pay nothing.

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Find The Best “Lobangs” with Lobang King

In the past, whenever friends asked for tips on how to save money dining out at restaurants, I would tell them about Fave and eatigo. Fave, which acquired Groupon earlier this year, has great restaurant voucher deals. They also have deals on other lifestyle categories including spas, salons, gyms, and travel. Eatigo, my other go-to discount dining app, gives you discounts depending on the time you dine. You get higher discounts (up to 60% off) when you dine off-peak. But for people who don’t like the hassle of using pre-paid vouchers or can’t shift their lunch hour to a later time, there’s another app that promises great deals with virtually no strings attached – Lobang King Club.   (more…)

Where to Fix Your Broken Items For Free

Did you know that most “broken” appliances only need a minor repair to become functioning again, and often this fix takes less than 20 minutes? I have saved countless appliances just by replacing a fuse, cleaning out coils (from a refrigerator), replacing hinges, soldering a joint where 2 wires came loose, or swapping motherboards (for a mobile phone and a dryer). These repairs may sound complicated, but most are really pretty simple. All these repairs took just a bit of my time, a bit of money (the cost of the part), but saved me from having to buy a new appliance altogether.

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The One Thing About My Marriage that Shocks People

An old friend that I’ve known since primary school is getting married this weekend, exactly one week from my own anniversary. Whether to get married, and more importantly, who to marry, is one of the most important decisions a person will ever make. Marriage can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on your well-being, happiness, fulfillment in life, health, and of course, your finances. On the flip side, getting divorced is ranked as one of the top traumatic, stressful, and financially devastating events.

I married young, right after graduating uni. And while many “young marriages” lead to divorce, I’m grateful that ours has stayed strong after all these years. It has been a critical component of many positive outcomes we’ve seen in our lives. I owe a lot of its strength and success to this one very unconventional thing we do as a couple. When I tell people, it often shocks them (don’t worry, it’s not kinky).

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What to do on National Day

Check out the Frugal Week Planner – National Day Edition (click on “Frugal Events” from the main menu, or click here), for a complete guide on frugal, fun, and free things to do on National Day. This Frugal Week Planner is published on a weekly basis, and is a curated list of frugal activities. You can also sign up to receive this list automatically on a weekly basis by entering your email into the “Like This Content?” box.